It’s Chiles en Nogada Season!

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Above: the superb Chile en Nogada at Restaurante El Balcón, at 7 Sur #1301 in Puebla’s central historic district.

Summers in southern Mexico bring not only the lush, green monsoon season.  Each year from late July to mid-September, the long-awaited signature dish of Puebla –the famous Chile en Nogada– makes its triumphant return.  This brilliant combination of sweet and savory is comprised of a large Poblano chile that is battered and stuffed with a unique “picadillo” combination of meats, fruits, and nuts.  Deep-fried and sometimes roasted, it is then generously dressed with a rich sauce of pureed walnuts, cream, and sherry.  The whole presentation is not complete without a big handful of pomegranate seeds and a sprig of parsley, giving it the three colors (white walnut sauce, green chile, and red seeds) of the Mexican flag.

The Chile en Nogada has been associated with the independence of Mexico since it was prepared for the first time to entertain the emperor Agustín de Iturbide when he came to the city after his naming as Agustín I.  It is believed to have been invented by Monjas Clarisas, although some think they were the Madres Contemplativas Agustinas of the convent of Santa Monica, Puebla.

P1000012Above: Arquetopia Artists-in-Residence Jocelyn Salaz (USA) and Nancy Sausser (USA) enjoying their first Chiles en Nogada, at Restaurante El Balcón, at 7 Sur #1301 in Puebla’s central historic district.

New Slideshow: Arquetopia (Puebla) on Bēhance

BWe have been revamping our residency spaces, reflecting on our experiences, and we have a short slideshow to share:

Click here for Arquetopia (Puebla) Slideshow on Bēhance

We will be adding new photos frequently; stay tuned!

New Slideshow: Arquetopia Oaxaca on Bēhance

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We have been revamping our residency spaces, reflecting on our experiences, and we have a short slideshow to share:

Click here for Arquetopia Oaxaca Slideshow on Bēhance

We will be adding new photos frequently; stay tuned!

Spotlight: Gabrielle Gottfried – Fundraiser and Supporter of the Year 2013

The Staff and Board of Directors of Arquetopia are grateful to Gabrielle1549503_10152120240564704_1446858280_n Gottfried for her generosity, kindness, active and creative support of our Foundation. During this past summer, Gabby organized “Music for Murals,” a live music event with cultural activities, at the Glenbrook South School in Glenview, IL and donated all proceeds to Arquetopia. This was an unexpected and beautiful example of altruism, creating awareness and engaging young students in an international dialogue through the arts. For these reasons, Arquetopia recognizes Gabby as Fundraiser and Supporter of the Year for 2013. As a token of our extensive gratitude, Arquetopia is thrilled to award Gabby a Short-Term Research Residency in both of our spaces in Puebla and Oaxaca, southern Mexico for 2014.

Notable Artist Residencies in Latin America

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Arquetopia was recently recognised in an online listing of Notable Artist Residencies in Latin America, placing us alongside a handful of other exceptional residencies in countries like Colombia, Argentina and Brazil. For more information on any of Arquetopia’s Residency programs in Southern Mexico, visit our main website here: Arquetopia Foundation For Development